Casino Looks to Move Fast on Table Games

The operators of Maryland Live! said it will move fast to hire 1,000 new workers and install table games now that voters have approved expanded gambling.


Operators of the Maryland Live! Casino said they will move quickly to add live table games and expand its hours, now that voters have approved a referendum on expanded gambling in the state. 

The Cordish Cos. said it will be ready to go once the state issues the necessary regulations to govern table games and 24-hour operations. The company said it will be hiring for as many as 1,000 new positions. 

"Maryland Live! looks forward to enhancing its gaming offering and is prepared to Go Live! with table games—physical modifications and hiring for over 1,000 new positions—soon after the State issues the necessary governing regulations," the company said in a statement. Casino spokeswoman Carmen Gonzales said there is no specific timeline as to when the changes will be in place.

Voters approved the installation of table games at casinos as part of a measure that also will allow for 24-hour operations and a license for a new casino in Prince George's County. The Cordish Cos. had opposed the ballot measure, arguing that it needed more time to get established before new casinos were added in the state. 

Maryand Live! opened in June near the Arundel Mills Mall, and now has 4,750 slot machines along with a series of restaurants and a concert stage. It is one of three casinos operating in Maryland, along with the Hollywood Casino in Perryville and another at Ocean Downs. The state has also issued licenses for planned facilities in Baltimore City and Allegany County.

The referendum passed by voters Tuesday will allow for a sixth license, and developers have eyed National Harbor and Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County as potential sites.  

The approval of table games comes as the Maryland Lottery announced that casinos in the state pulled in $39.6 million in revenue in October. Maryland Live! pulled in about $30.6 million, down from about $32 million in September. 

In addition to moving toward table games, Maryland Live! said it will hold a job fair next week in search of workers for its Prime Rib restaurant. The fair will be held on Nov. 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its human resources department. The restaurant is hiring for food servers, bartenders and hostess/greeters.

Frank in Elkridge November 09, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I don't remember where I read it, but the education trust fund money doesn't go directly to the school districts. It goes into the general fund first because subsidies for the school districts and state colleges are disbursed from the general fund. So there is no documented flow of each dollar that goes from the trust fund to the schools. It's therefore possible that schools receive either more than or less than what goes into trust fund. Someone would have to analyze the annual budget to see what was appropriated to the schools and compare that with what came into the general fund from the trust fund, and then compare that to previous years' funding.
John November 09, 2012 at 05:35 PM
And when MD blows through the casino money maybe we'll legalize prostitution like in Clark County NV. Then after you gamble you can visit the local whore house before you go home.
river_runner November 10, 2012 at 12:55 AM
So the reality is that for every dollar that goes into the school fund from gambling a dollar from tax revenue is taken out. So the school budget is never increased - the money is moved to other budget lines.
Frank in Elkridge November 10, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Actually the funding for schools in Maryland has increased every year even when tax revenue was decreasing during the recession. So there is reason to believe that the revenue from casino taxes have helped keep the school bugdets on the increase.
john doe December 04, 2012 at 02:04 PM
http://www.capitalgazette.com/maryland_gazette/news/government/panel-to-award-county-shares-of-casino-revenues/article_939a4a9b-414d-5d14-806d-bfb3dff477c1.html I was at the meeting to see.


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